Steve Nicol believes AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho will join Manchester United this summer, reports the Express. The 56-year-old rates the Brazilian international highly and says he can improve the United side.
The Red Devils are currently second in the Premier League table, 16 points adrift of leaders Manchester City, having suffered two defeats in their last three games.
Paul Pogba’s form has been criticised of late, while Ander Herrera has struggled for playing time and consistent performances, which could lead manager Jose Mourinho to strengthen the midfield this summer.
United could be losing two players too, with Marouane Fellaini out of contract at the end of the season and Michael Carrick retiring. Fabinho has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the past and would be a real combative influence in the engine room.
Nicol feels the deal between Manchester United and Monaco for the 24-year-old will go through, and says the £45m man is exactly what they need to improve.
“I think they do (lose another player) and I think they will. Monaco have shown that they’re not going to hold onto their best players, they’ll happily take the money. I think that’s exactly what they will do,” he said to ESPN.
“They must (need the money) because the talent they’ve let go over the last couple of seasons has been incredible. This guy will go as well and I think he will go to Manchester United.
“I think it would be a great move for Man United. If you can get him and Matic together in the middle that will free up Pogba, then this would really make sense. I think this absolutely is a hit.”
Fabinho, who joined AS Monaco from Rio Ave in 2015, has made four caps for the Brazilian national team, and recently admitted his future lied elsewhere from the Stade Louis II.